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    I used to post on another forum, stronglifts, but all of a sudden I did not get in any more. Well, to make a long story short, I have been training at home with a barbell, bench and rack for about two years now. I have been gym-ratting for about two decades but he last 10 years has been without focus. Rip and some other guys woke me up. Thanks.

    oh, and I'm finnish, so I think in kgs.

    tuesday 20.9, local gym

    DL (deadlift), 5x120, 5x130, 11x140kg
    RDL (Romanian deadlift), 2x 8x90kg
    F.squat (front squat) 3x 8x70kg

    Did not turn any heads, but compared to two years ago when 140kg times 11 was far from doable I feel I'm on the right track.
    Last edited by Matti; 09-22-2011 at 01:54 AM.

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    As I begin from scratch now with this log I could add my current stats.

    I bench pressed 117,5 kgs I this summer, and pulled a deadlift of 160 kgs at easter this year.

    I pressed over head 70 kgs in this summer but as for squats it is hard to say. As I train at home mostly I don't operate close to the limits. The squat has been the big problem since start also. I have tried low bar and high bar, wide stance and closer stance. Some periods one position has worked but then suddenly something (don't know what) has changed and I have not made any progress.

    Now I have been doing rather strict ass-to-grass-almost high bar in order to get a real full range of motion and to avoid that anyone would say "high" when I squat at the gym. My goal is 150 kgs and then we see. I am rather skinny with a short back and long legs so I am not the best person for any of this, but I somehow think this is fun so I continue doing it.

    The squat I think I could do now is 130-135 kgs. I do sets with 120.

    I have tried to follow Wendler's 5/3/1 program for the last months and I find it very good. A problem I had earlier was that I started out with too heavy weights and form suffered. Now I find the form easier as I build up the weight during the session and the back-off sets should take care of any power left int he muscles after that the main part is over. As I am rather slim I think building some size won't hurt either. I'm in this to get strong, not to win competitions.

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    I seem to be off now for two three days due to a cold. It happens.
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    Saturday 24.9, fitness gym

    OHP 5x50, 5x55, 4x60KG
    5x55

    Power clean 2x 5x70, 6x70KG

    I have been resting for three days due to a cold and I still feel some pressure in the head, so I really hope this did not make it any worse. Today was rather light any way, only OHP and cleans. My kids were in swim school so I worked out in the swimming facility's basement gym. It was very small and poorly air conditioned but convenient and it has produced some good bench pressers I have heard.

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    Sunday 25.9, at home

    Squat 5x101, 5x111, 5x116KG
    2x 8x101KG

    Now I got a message that stronglifts is back up and running, so I think I will have to switch back anyway. I have 7 months of updates on it.
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    ... seems stronglifts.com now is closed for all but the gold-members.
    Seems the two alternatives for free sites are 1. They vanish or 2. They start
    charging. But as this is free at least for now I start over here (again).

    wednesday 5.10

    Bench press (BP) 4x101, 3x101, 4x101KG

    lying triceps ext. (LTE) 2x 8x44KG

    I got a wrong bar bath on the first BP set (too high up) and it got
    very stressful. That's why second set this poor. Not much time today also.
    Last edited by Matti; 11-24-2011 at 02:49 AM.

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    ... seems stronglifts.com now is closed for all but the gold-members.
    Seems the two alternatives for free sites are 1. They vanish or 2. They start
    to cost. But as this is free at least for now I start over here (again).

    wednesday 5.10

    Bench press (BP) 4x101, 3x101, 4x101KG

    lying triceps ext. (LTE) 2x 8x44KG

    I got a wrong bar bath on the first BP set (too high up) and it got
    very stressful. That's why second set this poor. Not much time today also.

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    Welcome Matti, I look forward to following your progress. You have a strong bench press! What is your height/weight?

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    Hi JStrong,

    well considering that I've been working out at gyms for 15 years it's not
    that awesome, especially when I've been bench pressing rather
    frequently (which is quite normal for a two-times-a-week gym rat).
    After I found a new interest in strength training and built my home
    gym and started doing the important lifts, dropping curls etc,
    I have shifted focus to squat and hip power. I also consider the OHP
    as being as important as the BP. And the result has actually been a
    stronger BP. As most of my training is at home I don't do max attempts often.
    My weight is 83KG and height 181cm.
    Last edited by Matti; 10-06-2011 at 12:47 PM.

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    Friday 7.10

    Romanian DL 6x96, 6x101, 8x101KG

    Fsquat 2x 6x71, 8x71KG

    pullup 3x6 (5KG)

    Have felt some pain after the squats this week, some nerve or muscle on the inner side of the right leg. I have had problems with mobility in the right hip since a moped accident 20 years ago but this was something I have not been aware of much before starting lifting heavy again, and doing full squats. for about a year I have done some extra stretching etc. to improve mobility, but it was not until spring, when I put in lunges as assistance exercise that I started to note that the mobility in the right hip got better, and the front squats seem to do the trick even better.
    Now I can for example when sitting pull my knee against the chest, which was completely impossible one year ago. however this week I felt some pain after Monday's squat session and therefore I traded the DL for RDL today. But after warming up and doing the RDL sets I could not notice any pain, so I carefully tried the Front squat and it went fine.
    Last edited by Matti; 10-07-2011 at 12:59 PM.

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